Book Review for “Dear Mrs. Bird” by AJ Pearce. Summary: "London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War … Continue reading Emmy’s Winning Wisdom.
Book Review for “The Golden Girls' Getaway” by Judy Leigh. Summary: "It has been a long and lonely year for neighbours Vivienne, Mary and Gwen. All ladies of a ‘certain age’, their lockdown experience has left them feeling isolated and alone. They are in desperate need of a change. Things start to look up however, … Continue reading A Viral Vacation.
From “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton author to “The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances” by Ellen Cooney. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for December 4, 2021.
Book Review for “Her Secret War” by Pam Lecky. Summary: "On 31st May 1941, Germany drops bombs on neutral Dublin and Sarah Gillespie loses her family and home that fateful night. Days later, the man she loves leaves Ireland to enlist in the RAF. With nothing to keep her in Ireland and a burning desire … Continue reading Sarah and the Subterfuge.
Book Review for “Small Things Like These” by Claire Keegan. Summary: "It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 5 – Tiny Huge Kindnesses.
Book Review for “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton. Summary: "The classic novel of despair, forbidden emotions, and sexual undercurrents set against the austere New England countryside. Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their household … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 4 – Classic Wharton.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns … Continue reading TCL’s #TopTenTuesday for November 23, 2021 – Characters I’d Love an Update On.
Definitions of the various labels that publishers and authors use with their work, together with their readers, have always been up for discussion. I recall one 'argument' I had with someone who told me point blank that if a book had magical elements with a realistic setting, but the author wasn't Latinx, that it shouldn't … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2021 #13 – About Literary Fiction – #DiscussionSunday.
Book Review for “The Lady in the Lake” by Raymond Chandler. Summary: "A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about … Continue reading TCL’s #CCSpin 28 Review – Doubled and Troubled.
Book Review for “The Looking Glass” by Carla Sarett. Summary: "Claire Charles, a member of 1930s New York high society, has been trained in painting in preparation for marriage, but shocks everyone by pursuing art as a career and her own inclinations. In Paris, fifteen years later, she collides with Leah, a mysterious artist who … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 3 – Distorted Reflections.